Dragon and the Garden
The Dragon and the Garden (similar to Milton's Paradise Lost) retells Adam and Eve's Fall with a Medieval slant: the serpent is portrayed as a dragon. The artwork is stylized, with muted watercolors. Interesting pictorial elements may trigger family discussion: "prehistoric" creatures are shown in the garden. Designed as a storybook, these could also be read by your stronger young readers; text is ¼" tall. 32 pp, now paperback. ~ Ruth
Prepare to see the Garden of Eden as you always wished you could: tangible, leaves rustling, the scent of fruit on the breeze. N.D. Wilson and Peter Bentley weave the story of our first parents with wild realism, but also a childlike honesty and clarity that bring new depth to an old truth. Ages 4 and up.
Looking for Bible stories told from an early church perspective? This series originality struck me since it highlights Biblical elements and stories typically not included in childrens storybooks. For example, The Sword of Abram tells of Abram rescuing prisoners of war (Lot and other prisoners from Sodom) and the blessing from Melchizedek. In the Time of Noah (based on retellings from early church fathers such as Ambrose and Clement) relates Noahs faith and rescue, but additionally highlights the culture Noah lived in: its evil and the Nephilim. The Dragon and the Garden (similar to Miltons Paradise Lost) retells Adam and Eves Fall with a Medieval slant: the serpent is portrayed as a dragon. The artwork is stylized, with muted watercolors. Interesting pictorial elements may trigger family discussion: prehistoric creatures are shown in the garden; volcanic images are included in the flood. Designed as a storybook, these could also be read by your stronger young readers; font is large. 32 pp, paperback (except for The Sword of Abram which is hardcover). ~ Ruth